Twenty football clubs urge the government to ban all gambling adverts

Twenty football clubs have written to the government, urging them to take action and ban all gambling adverts in football.

The 20 clubs, which include Luton Town, Bolton Wanderers, Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere Rovers, have all backed The Big Step‘s campaign to end all gambling advertising in football.

In the letter, the club executives stress that football is not dependent on gambling advertising revenue, which starkly contrasts with the gambling industry narrative. They also emphasise that a ban on gambling shirt sponsorship would not go far enough, and encourage the government to go further and ban all gambling advertising in football stadiums.

The letter comes at a crucial time when gambling reform is high on the news and political agenda: the government is at the end of a once-in-a-generation review of our gambling laws, with a whitepaper due within weeks.

Several prominent news outlets have covered the letter, including The Telegraph, ITV, The Daily Mail and The Mirror.

You can read the letter in full below.